KZN MEC loses appeal against ex-pupil

2012-06-05 10:05
Johannesburg - KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Senzo Mchunu lost an appeal against a man who suffered an eye injury at Gcwalulwazi High School near Eshowe nine years ago, according to a report on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday rejected Mchunu's appeal with costs, the Witness reported online.

Simphiwe Shange, aged 15 at the time, was hit in the eye by a belt buckle while the deputy principal allegedly hit another pupil with the belt.

Shange was told his injury was "a mistake" and accepted this for three years until he was encouraged to contact the public protector.

The court noted that adults had failed Shange and that there was a strong case for him to proceed with legal action against Mchunu.

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